Japan's top government spokesperson says Self-Defense Forces personnel are carrying out rescue work in Tokyo and seven other prefectures.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said, " People's lives continue to be affected by disruptions to power, water and transportation services. Relevant government organizations are doing their best to restore those services as soon as possible. The government dispatched personnel ahead of the disaster to local governments. They are now cooperating with Self-Defense Force personnel in collecting information on the damage."
People in Japan are bracing for Typhoon Hagibis, which could hit a wide swath of the country over the weekend.
Forecasters say the storm could pass directly over the greater Tokyo area, one of the largest urban centers in the world. Weather officials are urging people to be prepared for gale-force winds and heavy rain.
The crew of a Japanese patrol ship says a North Korean fishing boat suddenly approached it and came into contact with the vessel.
The patrol vessel of the Japanese Fisheries Agency and the North Korean boat collided on Monday in Japan's exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan about 350 kilometers off the Noto peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture.
Media have been invited to view the renovated exterior of an ancient castle tower in southwestern Japan, which was seriously damaged by earthquakes in 2016.
Journalists were ushered into part of the grounds of Kumamoto Castle in Kumamoto Prefecture on Sunday, ahead of a special sightseeing tour scheduled to start next month.
Japan's mobile carriers say their phone services remain limited in Chiba Prefecture, as well as some other areas, mainly in the Kanto region. They cite antenna towers that have been left without power by Typhoon Faxai, which made landfall early Monday.
NTT Docomo says that as of Wednesday afternoon, its mobile phone connectivity is poor in 43 municipalities of Chiba Prefecture, as well as five in Kanagawa and one in Shizuoka prefecture. The islands of Oshima and Niijima, which are part of Tokyo, are also experiencing connectivity problems.